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White-breasted woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus

The white-breasted woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) is a small passerine bird which breeds from the Andaman Islands east through Indonesia and northern Australia.

The name "woodswallow" is a misnomer as they are not closely related to true swallows. Instead, they belong to the family Artamidae, which also includes butcherbirds, currawongs and the Australian Magpie.

The species was first described by Linnaeus in 1771, its specific epithet derived from the Ancient Greek words leucos 'white', and rhynchos 'bill'.

White-breasted woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus

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This woodswallow's soft-plumage is charcoal grey apart from the white underparts that give the species its English and scientific names, in contrast to the related great woodswallow whose upper side is a more glossy black.

Despite its brush-tipped tongue, usually associated with nectar feeders, it catches insects on the wing.

Natural history
The white-breasted woodswallow has large, pointed wings and is very agile in powered and gliding flight. This is a nomadic species, following the best conditions for flying insects, and often roosting in large flocks.

The nest is a small structure built in the hollow formed by a broken branch, or in a forked branch. The normal clutch is three eggs.

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Conservation status
White-breasted woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: 14th of September 2017
Location: Tanjung Aru Beach/ Prince Philip Park in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

White-breasted woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus
White-breasted woodswallow - Artamus leucorynchus - 14 September 2017 - Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Borneo

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